Pipex Wireless, the joint venture between ISP Pipex and Intel, has announced that it has successfully completed the latest phase of its WiMax trials in Stratford-upon-Avon.
WiMax is the next-generation Wi-Fi standard, which allows users to quickly connect an office or home to the internet via a WLan that can works over many kilometres, and is seen as a potential alternative to fixed-line broadband connections.
Pipex Wireless has been working with wireless solutions provider Airspan Networks on its WiMax trials, and says connection speeds have been “impressive”.
The performance has been evaluated using both indoor and outdoor antennae, powered by Intel Rosedale chipsets in equipment, with the trial showing that WiMax can deliver near symmetric connection services in most environments.
This will mean that businesses and home users will benefit from being able to send content such as email attachments and large files at the same speed as typical broadband downloads.
With internal antenna systems, speeds in excess of 2Mbps up and down have been achieved indoors, at a range of 1.2km from the base station with no direct line of sight. Drive tests using the indoor antenna in a vehicle at various distances from the base station have shown symmetric speeds of 5Mbps.
With external antenna, performance speeds of 10Mbps down and 9Mbps up have been achieved to external antennas at the test house at 1.2km from the base station.
Longer range tests with external antennas have achieved 6Mbps down and 4Mbps up at a range of 6km from the base station.
The company intends to announce additional trial deployments in 2006 and to roll out new services in several major metro areas in 2007.